In 2000 I was looking for a job change within IBM. I had been working on protocol testing for IBM's fibre channel hard disk drives for a couple years and had an idea that I wanted to get into Java programming. It seemed like all the cool kids were doing it. At the end of the year I made the transition to a new team and went to work on IBM's (Tivoli) storage management software. It was a great fit and a way to leverage the fibre channel and SAN knowledge I had. However, the Java programmer thing never really panned out. I think that was for the best anyway!
As I settled into the new area, I moved to a new office that I shared with a girl. One of the first things she did was "warn" me about Dave. By warn, I mean she told me to watch out for him because he was going to give me a lot of work! He was notorious for asking for difficult or time consuming tasks that may result in you needing to stay late. Sure enough...in not too long I was tied up on the phone working late with him.
For the past 11 years, Dave has challenged me as we continued to work together on Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, he as an architect and me as level 3 development support. There was a lot of mutual respect and I appreciated how he valued my opinions based on my customer experiences and would regularly ask for my input while making architectural decisions. With Dave across the hall from me, I didn't feel so remote from the rest of the team members, who are spread across various sites across the globe. We would bounce questions and ideas off of each other and really didn't even have to get out of our chairs. We may have driven the couple people in the offices next to us crazy! It made work fun.
Dave was young, but he passed away last week. The empty office across from me feels even emptier now that I know he won't be coming back. I miss him for his technical expertise, his patience, his ability to strongly persuade in a very positive way, but most of all I just miss him being around and part of my work day. Peace and strength to his family and all who knew Dave.